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Published: September 24th 2018
Today the sea was prominent. Noah took us to surf at the beach he usually goes to, five minutes from his home. I put on his diving suit, which felt like I was wrapped up tight in saran wrap.
Noah and I went to try and surf. The sea was calm with only gentle swells, which was just fine by me as I’m just learning to hold on to the board.
We tried it a few times while Tamar waited on the beach (we only had two boards). After a few tries I switched with Tamar. She’s much better at surfing than me, that’s for sure! There was a seal playing in the water not far from where Tamar and Noah were surfing, and soon after that a pod of 3-4 dolphins came by. They were taking their time, in no hurry to get anywhere, and they were completely unafraid of Noah and Tamar. Noah got to a couple of meters from them! From the shore it looked like he was touching them! How cool is that?
We also saw pelicans diving for fish and gliding just over the water, almost touching, lots of gulls and a sandpiper.
Both Tamar and Noah saw stingrays in the water, and Noah said there were cases of people getting stung on that beach. Luckily we weren’t among them! That would have put a damper on our trip!
We went back home, Noah had to shower and go to work. Tamar and I had some late breakfast and then went to the seal Beach at La Jolla Cove, which we enjoyed so much last time we were here.
Except this time was even better!
But first, after finally finding a place to park we went to the Cave shop, where Tamar had seen something she really liked last time. So we got what she wanted, and then we went down to the beach.
The sun was shining, the sea was calm and the water was a crystal clear turquoise. The fish were plentiful and the seals were playful. It was perfect!
Tamar and I spent quite some time there filming the seals and fish, and ourselves swimming with them. We explored the rocks further from the beach, played with the seals, watched the goldfish (that’s what we’re calling them because that’s what they look like) and other
fish, the long sea grass flowing with the waves, the kelp.
We watched the gulls hassling each other, the pelicans and cormorants fishing and the people too. I still find it amazing that such a place can exist, with everyone coexisting so well – the wildlife and people all intermingled, all using the same space and all getting along so well without interfering with each other. It really is something special.
Eventually we did make it back home, had showers and then we decided that supper would be our treat for Noah. We went shopping. Slight mistake – we went to Ralph’s because Tamar said it was closer. Wrong! We got stuck in traffic, it took longer than we thought, but we did get what we needed so it all turned out OK.
Noah got home and cleaned up, and then we all went to Costco to get some things we needed. Everything is big there, and cheap!
When we got back home Tamar and I made spaghetti with cream and mushroom sauce, and we had some wine with it. Came out very nicely.
We packed up for our road trip and I stayed up
too late trying to put a plan together. I guess we’ll wing it…
So our plan (so far) is that tomorrow we’ll drive through Joshua Tree National Park and sleep at 29 Palms. The day after we’ll head to Death Valley and drive through it.
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